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Bean Briefs
August 21, 2008

Grand Forks Nutrition Lab Stays Open  For Now U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) has announced that action taken by a key subcommittee will fully fund the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center through next year, rejecting the Bush Administrations proposal to close the facility.

Dorgan secured $10.2 million to keep the facility open through his seat on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee holds the checkbook for Agricultural Research Service labs throughout the nation and approved Dorgans request in its annual appropriations bill.


ADM strives to make unexpected products full of beans - ADM is launching a new range of bean powders and ground cooked beans, which are intended to make it more convenient for consumers to include beans in their diets  and easier for  manufacturers to use them in product formulations.

With its new ingredients made from black, red, navy and pinto beans, called VegeFull, ADM is looking to reduce these barriers by encouraging use of beans in products that would not normally be thought of as containing them. At a recent trade show, ADM showcased VegeFull in blueberry-almond cookies and panini.

Other suitable applications could include snacks such as dips, salads and dry soup mixes. The ingredients are said to have no effect on taste or texture.

Beans are natures perfect food, said Gordon Gregory, VP and general manager of

ADM Edible Bean Specialties. This gives different options for manufacturers as well as consumers. For more information, go 


Six Great Foods for Men - Guys, if youd like to improve your mood, memory, muscles, and more, there are six foods that can help prevent age related health conditions. According to an all-star panel recently on the NBC Today show, black beans were proven in helping muscle growth, are full of anthocyanins, an antioxidant compound that has been shown to improve brain function plus it is considered heart healthy. Lentils are essential to energy production, as well as iron, which help red blood cells carry oxygen (substitutes allowed: peas, lentils, pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans). The other foods on the list were sardines, brazil nuts, edamame (green soybeans in the pod), blueberries and sesame seeds.

12th International
U.S. Dry Bean Congress - The U.S. Dry Bean Council, the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, the USA Sunflower Association and the USA Popcorn Board will sponsor and organize the 2009 Bean Congress in the city of Acapulco, Mexico.

The event will take place the weekend of February 12  15th, 2009. Check the website for further information,

Small but Mighty - In the March 2008 Issue of Readers Digest, an article sites a study from North Dakota State University which states there are even more reasons to fill up on beans. They are chock-full of antioxidants, they lower cholesterol
and beans prevent disease.  It also goes on to say that black beans offer the most benefit, followed by lentils, black soybeans and red kidney beans.

Minnesota and North Dakota Dry Bean Council Election Results

Scott Mund from Milnor, ND was elected to replace Julie Vculek, Crete, ND as the North Dakota Dry Bean Council District 5 representative.

Minnesota, Don Stueve, Dumont, MN was elected to replace Mark Streed, Milan, MN as Area 3 representative on the Minnesota Dry Bean Research & Promotion Council.





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